Buckeyes Smoke Jackson State

By Chris Lauderback on November 18, 2011 at 11:05p
AP: Jay LaPreteSully posted his 1st of many double-doubles with 20/11

Props to Jackson State as they hung in there for exactly six minutes longer than I thought they would. 

The Tigers actually held an 11-10 lead over Ohio State at the 14:03 mark of the 1st half but the Buckeyes responded with a 32-4 blitzkrieg over an 11 minute span before coasting into the locker room with a 46-17 cushion.

The stripping of manhood would continue in the 2nd half as the Buckeyes cruised to an 85-41 victory, improving to 3-0 on the young season and running their homecourt winning streak to 25.

Jared Sullinger led four Buckeyes in double figures with his first dub-dub of the season, a 20 point, 11 board performance in just 21 minutes of action. Sully dropped 6/7 from the stripe, improving to 24/27 on the young season. 

William Buford, DeShaun Thomas and Jordan Sibert all chipped in 11 points apiece. 

Buford was far from sharp shooting a so-so 4/10 coupled with four turnovers while Thomas fared better hitting 5/10 with three boards and zero turnovers in 17 controlled minutes. 

Sibert was the bigger story as he hit 4/9 from the floor including 3/7 from distance with two just rimming out. His three triples represented the total team output as the Buckeyes shot just 3/15 from beyond the arc (20%) despite shooting 48% overall. 

Ohio State scored 41 points off 26 Jackson State turnovers. 

As expected, OSU controlled the windows 41-25 posting an impressive 22 offensive caroms including five from Amir Williams. The 6'11" freshman finished with seven boards and five points to go along with a blocked shot. It was a nice stepping stone for the kid but I still don't see him on the floor unless foul trouble forces him into action against marquee opponents. 

Conversely, fellow freshman Shannon Scott will likely see minutes in almost every game this season and he was active in this one with six assists and three boards in 23 minutes. He paired with Craft midway through the first half and showed some growth despite five turnovers. 

Sixth man Evan Ravenel saw just 11 minutes but was productive posting six points, three assists and two boards. 

Eleven Buckeyes recorded at least 11 minutes of action including JD Weatherspoon, who showed no ill effects from an ankle and Sam Thompson was active with six points on 3/6 from the floor. 

Looking sleepy following the decisive win over the 8th ranked Gators on Tuesday, the Buckeyes started this one shooting 4/11 with three turnovers before awaking from their slumber.

I’m 99.7% sure eleven Buckeyes scored in the first half led by 16 from Sullinger and seven from Buford. Despite those two combining for half of OSU’s 1st half point total, Craft stole the show, literally, recording four steals in 13 minutes to go along with four assists.

After a Sully putback started the 32-4 frenzy, Craft unleashed his full repertoire including one sequence in which he recorded a steal (Sully miss), took a charge in the lane leading to a Sibert bucket, picked up a loose ball and found Ravenel for a layup, and forced a shot clock violation before hitting a layup in transition - all in about 2:14 of game time.

Besides all the dominance you’d expect from Sully and Craft’s ridiculous end to end impact, Sibert and Scott also impressed.

Sibert again showed how dangerous a shooter he can be if found in rhythm as Scott located him twice, once at the top of the key for a deuce and later on the right wing for three extending the Buckeye lead to 26-11 with 9:54 left in the half. Scott’s more settled approach to offense was good to see, as was he and Craft on the floor at the same time for a decent stretch.

For the half, the Buckeyes picked up nine steals and scored 23 points of 15 Tiger turnovers. OSU also controlled the glass 25-12 behind 10 rips from Sully and shot 51% while holding Jackson State to 32%. 

Kelsey Howard paced the Tigers with 17 points. 

Next up for the Buckeyes is a date with North Florida at 8:30pm Monday night. The game will be televised by the BTN and is the first of three games during the holiday week


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bucknut24's picture

Damm the game just ended and you have a post up?  You never sleep :)

Chris Lauderback's picture

It's pretty easy when OSU blows a team out by halftime. I can get a headstart on summarizing the point in which the game was decided instead of having to chart plays the whole 2nd half. 

bucknut24's picture

This game was good for the bench players to gain experience because we will need them later in the season especially in the tournament.

Mr. Slick's picture

Bufford passed Lighty tonight on the all time scoring list right? Who is next and how far away is he? 

Any chance someone with some writing skills¹ will volunteer to keep everyone updated on his progress after each game he passes someone?  Possibly includng some information on the Buckeye he passes that game?  Maybe like when that player played and what might be memorable about those seasons or that player?




¹This eliminates me.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

efff you...how'd you get that footnote? lol

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Mr. Slick's picture

It's a special power¹ awarded to me by being the best looking poster.






¹Just kidding.  You can manually do them by clicking on "Insert Special Character" button above the text box.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Buford is now at 1,469. 

Next up on WB's hitlist is Jerry Francis and his 1,486 points. 

I like your idea. Maybe I can take that up in the forum as Buford closes in on guys. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

It was 420, and Jackson State got smoked.  I watched the new Harold & Kumar tonight instead of this game, so please excuse the drug reference. 

They allowed only 17 in the FIRST HALF!  Being so good defensively and on the boards is huge because you can win any game, even if you go Walrus on offense.

Class of 2010.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

I hope my son has a jumpshot that looks like William Buford's. 

baddogmaine's picture

Lots to like but in this kind of game it probably is better to focus on the concerns rather than that we obviously are better than JSU.  Diebler softened opponents' interior defense considerably and going 3-15 in our own gym against a team not in our league suggests that we might not have found a replacement. Sibert might be the answer? if not this could be an issue. Thomas' shooting continues to make me nervous. He was a shooting hog last year and not always with any accuracy. He ended 5-10 but this was the first game he was at 50%, and he was only 1-5 in the first half. At 10 shots in 17 minutes he took more shots per minute than any other Buckeye so he still has the potential of shooting us out of close games - and we will have close games. AND, we are in great shape when Craft is on the floor, but I'd like to see fewer than 5 turnovers in 23 minutes against a squad like JSU from the guy who appears to be Craft's back-up.

This was a glorified scrimmage that showed us what we need to work on for Duke and the tough games ahead.

BuckeyeCrew's picture

This game was good with respect to getting a W, but otherwise, I hate games like these.  They prove nothing, and in my opinion, they aren't even worth a scrimmage.  (I mean that literally)

I didn't see the game, but it sounds like a combination of Jackson St. being completely outclassed and Jackson St. just giving up, after some point.  (Hence, why I said it's not even worth one of our intra-squad scrimmages)

I would like to go on a tangent, and ask why Jackson St. would even schedule a game like this (other than money); it's games like this that can ruin psyche's and seasons for teams. 

And before one of you gives me the meathead response of: "IF DEY DOONT LIKE IT, DEYS SHULD STOPP US FRUM SKORIn!!!", save it.  I get that.  I'm not blaming the Buckeyes for playing; I'm saying that programs like Jackson St. should think twice about it, when they know they are going to be as outclassed as the US U-17 women's soccer team would be going against the Brazilian Men's Sr. National team.  (<--For those that don't follow soccer, think high school team versus the Packers)

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Jackson St plays games like this for the $. Their coach said as much. As far as OSU is concerned, they can't play teams like Duke every game. Cupcakes are just business.

BuckeyeCrew's picture

I get what you're saying, Steve, but we don't have to play a Duke-caliber team most games; I'd settle for a tour of Ohio (e.g. Toledo, BGSU, Akron etc...) which would present opponents with a far better challenge than JSU did, while keeping money in-state.